In 1997, my friend Joan and I went to England with our two daughters. They were born five days apart and Joan and I had been friends since the moment we met each other when we were four months pregnant. In 1997, our daughters had just graduated from college and we were off on an adventure.
We had a wonderful time and thanks to Lia’s ability to drive on the left side of the road (learned while she spent a semester in Australia) we were able to travel around easily.
One of the highlights of the trip — which Joan and I talk about to this day — was the moment we walked into the Issey Miyake “gallery” at the famous British department store, Liberty. Liberty is a wonder in and of itself, but that moment, when we saw the amazing clothes designed by the Japanese fashion genius, Issey Miyake, was something I will never forget.
In the most recent issue of the New York Times Style Magazine, there was a full page ad for Miyake with two absolutely stunning outfits — one a top and pants, the other a coat. When you see this clothing up close, as Joan and I did almost 20 years ago, you are just amazed at how they are constructed and designed. There is a surreal quality about the clothing — and yet, I would happily wear one to the grocery store, if I could afford to buy anything.
The dresses are at least $2,000 and there are some tops for $685 at Saks, but still way out of my price range. But I am happy to just look and admire. The man is a genius.
I think my favorite is that coat!